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Young mom Trying to Accept her Postpartum Body (Amanda)

May 3, 2009

Hello everyone I am a proud 20 year old mother of two beautiful little girls. Brianna born November 19 2006 at 3:34pm weighing 6 pounds 11.9 ounces and 19.5 inches long, and Savanna born January 15 2009 at 7:52am weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces and 20 inches long. Both my girls came on there due dates, I though that was very cool. I am also happily married to a wonderful, supportive, hard working man. We have been married for a little over 2 years now and have known each other for about 6 years.

Before ever getting pregnant I weighted 120 pounds and was in good shape, I went to the gym 5-6 days a week with my hubby and worked out for about 1-2 hours. That was one thing that we really enjoyed doing together, and I still like working out. I have always had a problem with not accepting my stomach, I always thought it was never flat enough. When I was pregnant with my first daughter around 7-8 months pregnant I started noticing stretch marks. Although there were very few in the beginning, by the time I was 40 weeks (full term) I was covered in them :( I figured I would get them because they say if your mother has them, your most likely to get them yourself. I never though I would get so many though, so that was really hard for me. A while after I had her I was at 125 pounds, can’t remember how long it took me to get there though lol. So although I was only 5 pounds heavier I still couldn’t accept my body, and I know that 125 pounds is a healthy weight for me and not a lot at all. It was really only the loose belly flab and stretch marks that bugged me the most, so my goal then was to tighten and tone my body. I would always say to myself how could I think I had a big belly before, its even worse now. I don’t think I look terrible or anything, but its just tough looking back at my before and after pregnancy pics. Well anyways let me tell you about my second pregnancy, with my second daughter. I only gained 32 pounds during my pregnancy but I was so huge, and I got even more stretch marks :( I was happy for the first 1-2 weeks because I was once again loosing the weight quite fast, but then it just kinda stopped at about 145 pounds. I realize that it has not been very long, and I know that it will take time to get back to my Pre-pregnancy weight, but the waiting is so hard. I started my weight loss journey at 6 weeks postpartum, and I am now 11 weeks postpartum and I have lost 4 pounds so far. I want to keep the weight loss at about 1-2 pounds per week, so that my already loose skin wont become even looser. I surprisingly am not so upset about my stretch marks Right now, but I am more focused on losing the extra 15 pounds of weight that I am left with. I know I am not huge or anything, but I would still like to be close to my pre-pregnancy weight and I want my stomach flatter. So the main thing I am concentraiting on is losing the extra weight, and tightening the loose skin if possible. Well that’s my story, so lets check out the damage. Just want to shout out a quick thanks to everyone who has shared there postpartum bodies, I know im not alone. Congrats to all you wonderful ladies, and I hope you are all enjoying motherhood.

Picture #1 Before any Pregnancy
Picture #2 6 Months (First Pregnancy)
Picture #3 40 weeks (Full Term) First Pregnancy
Picture #4 Postpartum after first pregnancy
Picture #5 Postpartum after first pregnancy (2)
Picture #6 24 weeks (Second Pregnancy)
Picture #7 34 weeks (Second Pregnancy)
Picture #8 39 weeks (Second Pregnancy)
Picture #9 40 weeks (Full Term) Second pregnancy
Picture #10 1 day postpartum after second pregnancy
Picture #11 1 weeks pp after second pregnancy
Picture #12 11 weeks pp (now) after second pregnancy

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13 Responses to “Young mom Trying to Accept her Postpartum Body (Amanda)”

  1. jessika Says:
    May 3rd, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I think you look great, I wish I looked like that after having my daughter

  2. Brandi Says:
    May 3rd, 2009 at 11:22 am

    You look beautiful, Amanda. That tummy looks really good for 11 wks pp!

  3. summer Says:
    May 3rd, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Girly you look great! You do not look like you need to lose 15 pounds that’s for sure! but I understand how you feel, I also want to lose 15 pounds because I weigh so much more than I did before.
    anywho you look great, keep up the good work. And your bikini pics are awesome!

  4. Stephanie Says:
    May 3rd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    oh hey I know you! LOVE your vids on youtube!! As I’ve said before, I’ll say it again, you look FAB! I was always thinking you should do a post on here! Thanks for sharing hon!

  5. Victoria Says:
    May 3rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    wow. you look great. Im scared for what my body will look like after number 2

  6. Angelica Says:
    May 4th, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Hey mama!

    I had my first daughter on January 13th so I’m right there with you. You look great! Your weight is my goal weight so be happy =]

  7. monee Says:
    May 4th, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Hi dear,
    you look exactly like me.The same shape and marks.
    I think you don’t need to loose more weight because you look sooo good!
    WOW after two children.

  8. Jill Says:
    May 4th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    you look amazing! what’s a link to your videos??

  9. Lua Says:
    May 29th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Thank you for sharing. I have a beautiful daughter who is 8 weeks now and l’m still trying to accept my new body… But you look beautiful after two babies… WOW

  10. Katie Says:
    September 22nd, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Wow! You really look amazing for having two kids. Your stomach is so flat! I’m about 13 weeks pregnant with my first and I’m trying to figure out if exercise really works to get things back into shape after pregnancy. Your pictures gave me some hope.

  11. Amber Says:
    December 26th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Dang girl you look HOT!!! If I were a guy I’d totally call you a MILF.
    Lucky girl, I’m also 145 and I don’t look NEARLY as good. You must be taller? I’m 5’4 or 5’5. 8 weeks post partum… the weight seems to be coming off very slow… but only 2 days ago was the first day I was able to jog again soooooo…. Anyway – If you want to lose weight go ahead and try. But I’d say you are HOT HOT HOT as is.

  12. Nikki Says:
    February 10th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    you look amazing at 11 weeks postpartum! im 2 weeks postpartum now.. i was 8 stone (im 5’8, so tall)i was really skinny and toned with no effort at all… i gained 5 and half stone in pregnancy and ended up 13.5 stone. I was gutted. im now 12 stone.. so lost 1 and half stone in the last 2 weeks. i look horrid! cant wait to look as good as you hun. you should be really pleased!! x

  13. nicole Says:
    April 6th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    wow you look really good. Ive had two kids the first one i went from 130lbs to 185lbs then three years later had another one and went from 135 to 170. now im 10 months postpartum with a bunch of loose skin maybe 10 lbs of fat i could afford to loose but thats it. i saw a plastic surgeon last week who quoted me 9grand for a tummy tuck. Ive tried everything diet excersize the skin brushing different creams. I have muscle seperation back pain and an umbelical hernia. stretch marks are the least of my concerns. but it does suck to have to wear pants two sizes bigger just to accomadate the loose skin. Im done having kids got my tubes tied during the last c-section which was one of two i had. ive exhausted all ideas of fixing this tummy. but i like how you have real pictures of real women who have had kids. makes me feel like im not the only one who ended up this way :)

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